Apple is celebrating the centenary of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy with the release of educational materials and activities for students that will allow them to learn about his legacy.
Published on Apple’s Education site on Monday, the JFK Centennial Celebration offers a number of resources for teachers to use within the classroom. This is divided into four subject areas, each linking to speeches by Kennedy and suggesting a class activity relating to this material.
The “JFK and Service” page takes you to his 1961 inaugural address, featuring the famous quote “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country” which led to the establishment of the U.S. Peace Corps. Apple suggests the use of the JFK Challenge app, allowing students to experience a virtual Peace Corps mission to Colombia.
Students are encouraged to read excerpts from JFK’s book ‘Profiles in Courage’ and the site hints that they should then create a Keynote presentation that can be submitted to the JFK Library’s Profile in Courage Essay Contest.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) May 29, 2017
Regarding Kennedy’s 1962 address to Rice University, the Innovation section asks students “What’s your Moonshot?” and links to a speech that urges support for programs such as NASA. This takes them to the GarageBand app and encourages them to record their own message to Congress.
Kennedy’s National Address on Civil Rights in 1963 is inspiration for “Teaching Inclusion”. Links to the graphic novel ‘March: Book One’ and the Comic Strip Comic Maker app are included to allow students to create their own graphic novel that will demonstrate key issues of debate about a local topic of interest.
There are also extra links a curated collection of JFK videos, books, apps on the iTunes store, lesson plans from the JFK library and a photo collection of places named after Kennedy throughout the world.